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Riding the Earthboy 40

ISBN-10: 0143034391
ISBN-13: 9780143034391
Edition: 2004
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Description: Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welchs father  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welchs father once leased from a Blackfeet family called Earthboy. This land and its surroundings shaped the writers worldview as a youth, its rawness resonates in the vitality of his elegant poetry, and his verse shows a great awareness of a moment in time, of a place in nature, and of the human being in context. Deeply evoking the specific Native American experience in Montana, Welchs poems nonetheless speak profoundly to all readers. With its new introduction, this vital work that has influenced so many American writers is certain to capture a new generation of readers.

Born in Kansas City, Tate erupted upon the poetry scene when, in 1967, at the age of 23, he received the Yale Series of Young Poets award for The Lost Pilot (1967). Within two years of his stunning debut, Tate had another dozen collections in print or accepted for publication. Remarkable for his originality and control, Tate has declared himself to be "in the tradition of the Impurists: Whitman, Williams, Neruda . . . I am trying to combine words in such a way as to lend a new life, a new hope, to that which is lifeless and hopeless." He has taken as his themes the agony of communication and the difficulties of having been treated as a poetic prodigy.

Introduction
Knives
Magic Fox
Verifying the Dead
Song for the Season
Dreaming Winter
Toward Dawn
Blue Like Death
Crystal
Picnic Weather
Directions to the Nomad
Gesture Down to Guatemala
Life Support System
The World's Only Corn Palace
Arizona Highways
Night Hawk
Trestles by the Blackfoot
The Renegade Wants Words
In My First Hard Springtime
Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat
In My Lifetime
Spring for All Seasons
There Are Silent Legends
Harlem, Montana: Just Off the Reservation
Riding the Earthboy 40
Going to Remake This World
Plea to Those Who Matter
The Man from Washington
Blackfeet, Blood and Piegan Hunters
The Last Priest Didn't Even Say Goodbye
D-Y Bar
The Only Bar in Dixon
Thanksgiving at Snake Butte
The Renegade Wants Words
Day After Chasing Porcupines
Day After Chasing Porcupines
Surviving
Snow Country Weavers
Visit
Dancing Man
Birth on Range 18
The Wrath of Lester Lame Bull
There is a Right Way
Getting Things Straight
The Versatile Historian
The Day the Children Took Over
The Day the Children Took Over
Call to Arms
Two for the Festival
You Gone, the King Dead
Day to Make Up Incompletes
Counting Clouds
Grandma's Man
Gravely
Grandfather at the Rest Home
Legends Like This
Lady in a Distant Face
Never Give a Bum an Even Break

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